Over the past few weeks the RLA have attended a number of landlord conferences, meetings, and expos to talk directly to landlords and private rented sector (PRS) professionals. The RLA events team has barely set foot in the office, but we’ve managed to get a synopsis of recent goings-on. London, Birmingam and Bury St Edmunds all get a closer look.
Members of the RLA enjoy an incredible range of services and products, and the RLA strives to make the lives for landlords easier in every way possible. Attending conferences and expos provides a platform for landlords to hear what the RLA can offer them, but also ask specific questions about their lettings.
Alan Ward: London
RLA Chairman Alan Ward is as proactive as anyone, attending award ceremonies, policy meetings, and manning the RLA stand when we were at the Barbican in February.
Most recently, Alan attended the London Landlords Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) Awards event last Friday, 28th March, an event that the RLA sponsored.
Deputy mayor of London for housing, Richard Blakeway spoke at the event and set out Boris’s ambitions for the private rented sector:
The ‘Boris badge’ is included in the Mayor’s housing strategy, which by law London councils must follw – even though the Mayor has no control to standards. Embedded within in this is the requirement for Councils to be members of the LLAS. As it stands all London councils, except the City, are voluntary members.
Blakeway said that the scheme aims to have 100,000 landlords in membership out of 250,000 and that ‘exciting incentives’ for landlords will be announced by this summer.
Alan presented the ‘Empowering tenants’ award on behalf of London Shared to Rohit Nathaniel of Seraphim Housing group.
Click here to see a picture of Rihit Nathaniel of Serphim Housing group receiving the Empowering Tenants award, sponsored by London Shared, from RLA chairman Alan Ward at the UKLAP conference and awards on 28th March in London.
The national Property Investment Expo (PIE) 2014 took place at the National Exhibitions Centre (NEC), Birmingham over the course of four days last week: 27th-30st March.
The RLA hosted a range of seminars over the course of the expo. RITA 4 Rent, the RLA’s specialist landlord tax advisors, presented a seminar on property tax and top tips on how delegates can maximise their income. Doug Hall from RLA Mortgages was also in attendance, presenting on buy-to-let mortgages and how to source the right mortgage for you. Shortly followed by a question and answer session on loan to value, lender requirements, planning your exit strategy and much more!
- Here’s our man Adrian on showing off the RLA stand
- Siân preparing for the rush
- John Holding of RITA4Rent speaks
- Doug Hall of RLA Mortgages talks
John: Bury St Edmunds
The RLA sponsored the Landlord Law Conference 2014 which took place last Friday 28th March.
The event was fully booked and attendees were able to get an insight into experts’ opinions around important legislation and regulation within the PRS. Many of those attending were interested in accreditation and were keen to hear about the RLA’s ongoing work with RLAAS (The RLA’s accreditation scheme) and collaboration with London over the LLAS and UKLAP.
Alan Ward is set to discuss the issues further with Tessa Shepperson of Landlord Law during a free webinar this afternoon Thursday 3rd April 2014. Topics to discuss include:
- Build to rent
This brief overview fails to capture work in Bristol, Leeds and Wales. Come back for updates and we’ll let you know what’s happening!
If you ever want to know if the RLA will be near you, be sure to check on the RLA landlord News Hub events page for updates.